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Two office cleaners seek to hide the dirty truth behind a businessman's death while airing their grievances with society at large.

What is this?

"The Clean Up" is a short film being shot over 4 nights in New York City in April 2013. The film was written and will be directed by Jesse Allen and produced by Simon Oré and Jim Probyn. The dialogue is primarily in Spanish.

Why do you want my hard-earned money?

Principally, we've come to Kickstarter to help cover the cost of equipment in order to make this film look as good at it can and should.

Any contributions will go to pay for the following costs:
$4,000.00 = Camera Rental
$1,500.00 = Lights & Grip Equipment Rental
$1,000.00 = Lenses Rental
$4,000.00 = Cast & Crew Expenses
$2,000.00 = Food & Transport
$1,500.00 = Post Production

The Purpose Of The Film:
To highlight the relationship (or lack there of) between white collar workers and the cleaning crews that share the same office space. The film addresses the social issue of our growing fragmentation between race and class, but employs black comedy, desperation, and satire instead of the preachy melodrama that is normally used in portraying these issues.

The Plot Of The Film:
"The Clean Up" chronicles a single night in the life of two Mexican cleaning ladies, Paola and Alejandra, as they clean a tall Manhattan office building.
New to this country, city, and job, Alejandra is lead around by her jaded co-worker, Paola, as they make the rounds of each floor of the building. Paola's disdain for the office workers, and their complete disregard for her, becomes immediately apparent to Alejandra. Paola's mood, however, shifts when she runs into Mr. Samuelson, an amiable older businessman. The two seem to have developed a genuine friendship throughout the years.
As they finish their shift later that night, Alejandra notices that her necklace has gone missing. When retracing their steps through the building, however, the two discover the dead body of Mr. Samuelson by his desk. Judging from the content on his screen, the position of his pants, and the belt around his neck, Mr. Samuelson seems to have died via Autoerotic Asphyxiation.
Paola is horrified. The death of her friend, especially his cause of death, are too much for her. Shifting between denial and panic, she convinces Alejandra to help her stage elaborate fake deaths for Mr. Samuelson that might seem more dignified when he's eventually found in the morning. As they drag around his dead body, each setup grows even more ridiculous and desperate. Finally, Paola gives up.
Seeing no other option, Alejandra suggests that the two stage Mr. Samuelson's suicide by throwing his body off the roof of the building. Though not as "dignified" as Paola's original intention, it's better than the truth. Tasked with now writing a suicide note for Mr. Samuelson, Paola conjures up her resentment for the other workers in the building (expressed in the beginning of the film) and constructs a cathartic critique of how this building, city, and society function. While she'll likely be ignored again the following day, she finally has a voice that will be heard. That voice, however, is through the proxy of a dead, white collar worker.

Principle Crew:
JESSE ALLEN = Writer/Director
Jesse has written and directed 5 short films as well as a 16mm feature length film. His script "My Thirty Year War" (Co-written with Andrew Gori) was a finalist at the IFP Film week and the story was optioned by NPR'S "This American Life." www.imdb.com/name/nm4103994/

SIMON ORÉ= Producer
Simon is a producer affiliated with Conspiracy Media and Flamingoshoe Productions in Los Angeles. His current projects include the animated show "Spacefish" and the live action comedy "Blackstar Warrior." His company has a first look deal with Fox Television Studios. 

JIM PROBYN= Producer
Jim is a producer and an experienced 1st AD from Berlin, Germany. He has worked on films such as "Valykrie," "Merchant Of Venice," and "Irina Palm." Having lived in England, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Germany, he speaks an ungodly amount of languages. Jim and Jesse worked together on 2010's The Frontiersman's Wife. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1261333/

BRETTJUTKIEWICZ = Cinematographer
Brett is an accomplished cinematographer and director with Red Bucket Films. He has shot acclaimed films such as "The Pleasure Of Being Robbed," "Daddy Longlegs," and "Towheads." Check out his work at: awakingdream.net

JOSEPH DILLINGHAM= Editor
Joe has been editing commercials and films professionally for 7 years in New York at Filmcore NY, NO6, and Brooklyn Brothers. He has known Jesse since they were 12 years old (isn't that adorable?).

Principle Cast:
MARIA PEYRAMAURA= Paola
Maria has been active player in the New York film and theatrical scene for years and has worked with the INTAR Actors Collective, Boomerange Theater, & TBG. Check out her work at: http://mariapeyramaure.com

ALBA PONCE DE LEON= Alejandra
Alba is an actress, singer, and voiceover artist who studied at the William Esper Studio and Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Her most recent project is "My Friend's Rubber Ducky" along with singing in the group "The Del-Reys." Check her out her work at: http://albaponcedeleon.com

Anything else you want to say?

Thank you for checking out our project. Any donation is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Jesse, Simon, & Jim. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risks and challenges in making a film like this are countless, whether it be scheduling issues, location issues, technical issues, weather interference, etc.
But with the help of proper funding we think we can attain the proper equipment and crew needed to tackle whatever comes our way.

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